Sangamon-Menard 4-H News
In This Issue
- 2018 4-H Show Information!
- 4-H Family Fun and Picnic
- 4-H Shooting Sports Exhibition Opportunities
- 4-H BOOT CAMP!
- Share Your 4-H Adventures
- Clover Spotlight!
- Menard County 4-H Trapshooting Club to form in Petersburg
- 4-H Archery Sessions
- 4-H Shotgun Sessions
- 4-H Air Rifle Sessions
- 4-H Show: Take the challenge and be ready4life
- Guide Farm Bureau youth involvement
- Advocate for Livestock as 4-H Ambassador
- Become a 4-H Teen Teacher
- Share your 4-H Club Service Projects!
- Summer Job Opportunity
- Illinois State Fair book and entry forms are online
- 4-H Records & Award Applications!
- Open your home to an exchange student, and open your lives to the world!
- We’re Looking for New Members! Youth Leadership Team
- Help Illinois 4-H win $20,000
- Could you use $1,000 for college?
- What Draws Youth to a Program
- Metro 4-H Volunteer of the Month
- Metro 4-H YOUTH Spotlight
- Mark Your Calendar
2018 4-H Show Information!
Show registration information was mailed to eligible 4-H members. The Sangamon County and Menard County Showbooks are available online https://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/5133.html (Showbook and other show information is available on our website under the "4-H Shows" tab.) ***Don't feel overwhelmed by the showbook! Just read through pages 3-9 and then look up the exhibit information for each of your projects. Please pay close attention to exhibit requirements and deadlines and contact 4-H staff with questions!
4-H Family Fun and Picnic
4-H Foundation is hosting a Family Picnic at noon on Saturday, July 7, in the pavilion at the Sangamon County Fairgrounds in New Berlin following the General Project Show. All Menard and Sangamon County 4-H families are invited. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided for those who register by June 27th online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/ (If families want to come and bring a picnic lunch of their own, they can do so without pre-registering.) Following the picnic will be 4-H Recognition and Family Fun Activities including: recognition of 4-H Scholarship Winners, Activities, and Games. One of the games that will be part of Family Fun will be Tug O' War. Any youth wanting to participate should show up the day of the event, (Saturday, July 7) at 12:30 pm at the scales by the livestock barns on the Sangamon County Fairgrounds. Teams will be formed from those present. We encourage spectators as well as participants to put the date on your calendar and check out details in the 4-H Show Book online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4hshows/
4-H Shooting Sports Exhibition Opportunities
4-H Shooting Sports members may choose to exhibit a poster display at the General Project Show on Saturday, July 7, at the Sangamon County Fairgrounds in New Berlin, in addition to, or instead of, participating in a Shooting Sports Shoot. See the 4-H Show Book online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/5133.html for details and entry information for the General Project Show. Members who participated in Shooting Sports sessions held during the 2017-2018 4-H year are eligible to participate in Shooting Sports Shoot(s) for disciplines they were active in. Dates/Times are as follows:
· 4-H .22 Rifle/.22 Pistol/Air Pistol Shoot – Thursday, May 31, 6 p.m. at Lefthanders Gun Club.
· 4-H Shotgun Shoot – Thursday, July 19, 6 p.m., at Lefthander's Gun Club, Loami.
· 4-HAir Rifle Shoot – Thursday, August 9, 6 p.m. at Abe Lincoln Gun Club, Springfield (tentative)
· 4-H Archery Shoot – Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. at Panther Creek Archery Club, Chatham
Events are open to the public to observe and learn about the various Shooting Sports opportunities 4-H offers.
4-H BOOT CAMP!June 22-24, 2018 at University of Illinois Springfield Campus. "Operation Boots On" introduces military and non-military youth to the deployment cycle. From the initial orders, to deployment, to immunizations, to the mission work, and to the homecoming. Youth can experience the deployment cycle in a meaningful and educational way. This boot camp is open to all youth 6th grade and older. Register online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=18438 Contact Erica Austin, 309-323-0268 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Share Your 4-H Adventures
Your 4-H adventures can be
featured too! Submit articles, photos, stories, videos, etc. to
Kathryn Long email@example.com
Stella and Kinsley from West Menarder's 4-H Club greeted customers and requested donations at the 4-H Food Drive to Benefit Menard County Food Pantries at the County Market in Petersburg. This service project was held in conjunction with the 4-H National Day of Service.
Taylor Darr of the Island Grove 4-H Club explains what she learned about France at this year's 4-H International Night in April at Enos Elementary School.
The S.T.E.A.M. Sewing 4-H SPIN Club met this spring and members learned how to sew under the mentorship of volunteers from the Home and Community Education (HCE) Capitol Unit.
The Sangamon Supercoders 4-H Club brought two teams to the Illinois 4-H Robotics Competition in Springfield in April. The Cyberknights team won the Rookie Level Programming Award.
Menard County 4-H Trapshooting Club to form in Petersburg
Sessions are on Thursday evenings 6 p.m., at the Menard County Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Menard County Sportsman's Youth Program. Participants must be age 10 -18 (age as of September 1, 2017), have access to a shotgun and ammunition, and an adult who attends with them. Participation will be limited. If interested please contact Sharon Lounsberry at 632-7491 on Monday/Wednesday, or 782-4617 on Tues. Thurs., or Fri.
4-H Archery Sessions
Sangamon-Menard Extension will be offering a series of six 4-H recreational archery sessions at Panther Creek Outdoor Archery Range, located at 1 W. Gilreath Road, Chatham, IL. Sessions will be on Wednesday evenings May 16, 23, 30 & June 6, 13, & 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Youth ages 8-18 as of September 1, 2017 are eligible to participate. Equipment is provided for those who need it. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced archers are welcome. Slots will be filled on a first-come first-served basis.
There will be an activity fee of $30 collected in advance, to cover the six week series. If the lump sum payment is a hardship, please contact Sharon Lounsberry to discuss options. Complete details and registration can be found online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/ in the Register Online section on the right side of the page. (A second six week series of sessions for the summer will begin on July 18th; registration will be posted early June)
4-H Shotgun Sessions
4-H Shotgun sessions have been planned for 2018. Youth who are ages 12-18 years old are eligible to participate. Sessions will be held at Lefthander's Gun Club, Loami, IL, from 6 p.m. until dark on the following Thursday's: June 7, 14, 21, 28, and July 12 & 19. Participants are not required to have their own gun to participate. Everyone should plan to use a 4-H gun and ammo at the first session, unless they are a past participant that has had their gun/ammo approved by 4-H volunteer instructors. New participants to the program that want to use their own gun can discuss that option with instructors at the first session. There will be a $5 fee for each session to cover the cost of the clay birds, payable to Abe Lincoln 4-H Shooters. Participants will be responsible for supplying their own ammo. If not having a FOID card is an issue for being able to supply your ammo, with advance notice, instructors will have ammo available for purchase at the current prevailing price. Details about ammunition will be covered at the first session on June 7. Each shooter is encouraged to provide his/her own ear and eye protection, but the club will have some on hand for those who need it. Complete details and registration can be found online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/ in the Register Online section on the right side of the page.
4-H Air Rifle Sessions
Participants at the 4-H Rifle Sessions held in April
A six week series of 4-H Air Rifle sessions will begin Thursday, June 14, at Abe Lincoln Gun Club, located at 6369 PEC Road on the northwest side of Springfield. Sessions will be from 6:30-8 p.m. on the following Thursdays: June 14, 21, 28, July 12, & 19 and August 2. Youth ages 8-18 as of September 1, 2017 are eligible to participate. A parent or adult guardian/mentor should attend with the participant. There will be an activity fee of $5 per session, and equipment and ammunition are provided. Participants will learn gun safety, shooting fundamentals, and marksmanship. Class size will be limited, with slots being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Complete details and registration can be found online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/ in the Register Online section on the right side of the page.
4-H Show: Take the challenge and be ready4life
Our mission in 4-H is to empower and prepare youth for successful futures. Now, we've added an exhibit class that lets you show us what your future might be. Every project has a "Ready4Life Challenge" exhibit option open to 4-H members who were at least 11 years old as of September 1, 2017. We created the challenge to encourage and recognize 4-H members who take their project to the next level by becoming experts on one or more of the careers related to the project or by starting a business using their project as the product, service, or tool of trade. ?
Choose a project you are enrolled in and register for its Readyforlife exhibit class.
Prepare a display representing your business, product, service, or career related to the project.
Be prepared to offer verbal or written explanation that shows your knowledge of the related career or business, historical and emerging trends, requirements for success in the field and an action plan for
preparation that may include items such as an educational pathway plan, a resume, and/or business plan. Just so you know, the judging for this class is MORE about your knowledge of the career/business side of the project and LESS about the skill in the project itself. For example, if you enter the Woodworking Ready4Life Challenge class, a judge will focus in on your knowledge of the woodworking business (training opportunities, your business plan, a portfolio of designs, etc.). Sure, they'll want to see something you've made, but that WON'T be the focus of their judging of the project.
Guide Farm Bureau youth involvement
Two Illinois 4-H members are appointed to the Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee each year. Applications are due to the state office by May 15. The Youth Education Committee provides support for various 4-H and FFA programs throughout the year. The 4-H representatives will assist with the planning, implementing, and evaluation of these various programs. The 1-year term runs from June 1 through May 31, with a trip to Washington D.C. in June following the end of the members' terms. Apply online @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/leadership. 4-H members (or recent alumni) must be between the ages of 17-19 in order to apply.
Advocate for Livestock as 4-H Ambassador
Join a team of 22 young adults who are passionate about Illinois agriculture and livestock. Applications are being accepted for the state 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team. Applications are due June 1 and available @ www.4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/leadership
You must be 16 to 21 years of age (as of 9/1/18)
Terms are two years long, beginning in September. Members can serve two terms if age allows.
You'll be required to attend face to face meetings and online teleconferences, as well as help with several projects around the state each year.
Become a 4-H Teen Teacher
Open to 8th -12th graders. Become a teen teacher and develop true leadership qualities and learn how to teach others with special skills. From June to August 2018 we will have Teen Teacher opportunities including: 4-H Health Rocks program, African American History Museum Summer Camp, Lincoln Wide Awake Camp, and more! Participants will receive a $60 gift card to the 4-H Mall. For more information contact: Erica Austin firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-323-0268.
Share your 4-H Club Service Projects!
We know clubs are doing amazing service projects. The state 4-H office wants to share your amazing stories. It's simple to tell your story: 1. Go to go.illinois.edu/4Hservice 2. Tell us a little about your project. 3. Add a picture if you have one. Your stories will be collected and shared back on the State 4-H Website! If you've already done a service project this year…. Great, go and report anything you've done since September 1, 2017.
Summer Job Opportunity
The 4-H Foundation is looking for reliable,
hardworking teens as well as adult Assistant Managers to work this summer in
the 4-H Food Stand located on the IL State Fairgrounds. Teens should be 16-19
years of age. 4-H membership and past experience in the food stand are a plus,
but not required.
Applicants for Assistant Manager should have food service experience, be at least 21 years old, and have an Illinois food handler's license (or be willing to obtain one). For full consideration applications must be received by June 15th and be mailed to: University of Illinois Extension Sangamon-Menard Unit, c/o Sangamon County 4-H Foundation, 700 S. Airport Dr. Springfield, IL 62707. Please contact Ethan Krone (217) 899-8976 with questions. Applications can be found on the Extension website under the printable forms tab http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/2064.html
Illinois State Fair book and entry forms are online
Entries must have membership verification signature from Extension office, before you submit them to the entry department. Deadline for this verification is May 31 for Horses, and June 29th for all other species, (regardless of date printed on the State's form). You may want to call in advance if stopping by the office to make sure a staff person that can verify your enrollment is present. https://www2.illinois.gov/statefair/competitions/premium-books/Pages/default.aspx
4-H Records & Award Applications!
It's not too early to start working on your 2017-2018 4-H Records! Records are due to your leader by September 1. Late applications may not be judged. Application forms and information are available on our website http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/sangamon4h/3173.html Check out the 4-H Records Tips posted once a month on our website and Facebook page!
Open your home to an exchange student, and open your lives to the world!
Experience the richness of the world, without even leaving home! This summer, Illinois needs host families for 55 Japanese and 7 Korean exchange students. Students range from 12 to 17 years of age and are matched to a youth in your home by gender, age and common interests. These eager kids want to experience American culture, make friends and improve their English by staying with your family. Families must pass a background check, have a youth in the home with a similar age, gender and interest as the exchange student, and have an interest in other cultures. Students arrive July 25 and return August 20. You don't need to plan anything special during their stay; they just want to experience everyday American life. Host families are also needed for the adult chaperons! Host families for them are not required to have children within the household. For 4-H members interested in traveling abroad…hosting is a great way to begin to get a feel for that experience. For more information, visit http://www.states4hexchange.org/ Or contact the Illinois 4-H International Coordinator Miriam Rosenbohm at email@example.com or 309-339-8282
We’re Looking for New Members! Youth Leadership Team
Now YOU can become an Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team member. The State Youth Leadership Team plans and implements the state Jr. Leadership Conference, plans and teaches the Speaking for Illinois 4-H program, and assists (behind the scenes and in front of the audience) for many other statewide events. Team members have the opportunity to serve on statewide planning committees and advisory groups, including the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee, Illini Summer Academies planning committee, and Teen Leadership Conference planning committee. Members also have the first opportunity to attend National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. each spring.
• Eligibility: Age 16 to 19 by September 1, 2018.
• Length of service: Two years, so new Team members selected this summer will serve from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2020.
• Apply online: go.illinois.edu/4HYLT. Look for the application at the bottom of the page under "Resources."
• Deadline: Early deadline is June 15 for interviews during Illini Summer Academies. Last deadline is July 31 for interviews during the Illinois State Fair.
Help Illinois 4-H win $20,000You can help Illinois win $20,000 just by raising your hand! Anyone can vote, even if you've never been in 4-H. The state with the most "hands raised" during this campaign wins $20,000. So, spread the word and tell all your friends… tweet it, post it, chat it, snap it, email it…. you can even speak it aloud! Your vote counts even if you voted last year! Vote @ https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/
Could you use $1,000 for college?
The Superior Young Producer Scholarship Program is offered by the Illinois State Fair to 4-H members in Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy, and Horses as an educational activity at the Illinois State Fair to promote youth development and personal growth. The educational objective of SYPA is to provide youth participants in the Junior Livestock Division a practical experience that will develop their life skills, problem solving abilities, and communication techniques. The SYPA contest is open to 4-H members who are 14 years of age or older doing project work in the species area for which they are entering. Age is determined as of January 1, 2018. Participants do not have to be exhibiting animals at the Illinois State Fair to participate in the SYPA contest. Three $1,000 scholarships will be provided in horses and three $1,000 scholarships will be provided in dairy. A total of nine $1,000 scholarships will be provided in a combined contest for beef, sheep, and swine contestants. https://www2.illinois.gov/statefair/competitions/premium-books/Documents/livestock.pdf page 35.
· HORSE CONTEST: 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 25 at the Horse Arena. Send registrations to Debra Hagstrom, U of I Extension Horse Specialist, 386 Animal Science Lab, 1207 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana
· BEEF, SHEEP & SWINE CONTEST: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Livestock Center. Send registrations to Dan Jennings, U of I Extension Animal Science Educator, 1100 E. Warrenville Rd., Suite 170, Naperville, IL 60563
· DAIRY CONTEST: 8 a.m., Saturday, August 18 at the State Fair Livestock Center. Scholarships sponsored by Compeer Financial. Send registration to Dave Fischer, retired U of I Extension Diary Specialist, 901 Oak Hill St., Trenton, IL 62293.
What Draws Youth to a Program
Are you trying to reach new youth in your community with
your 4-H youth programs or clubs?
Early in my career, I came to understand that what draws young people to programs is adults that take a genuine interest in them. Building a genuine, positive relationship with a young person takes time and patience. One of the most effective ways to make it happen is through youth-adult partnerships.
According to Adam Fletcher from The Freechild Project, a youth-adult partnership is an intentional relationship between young people and adults that relies on adults acknowledging and empowering the abilities, perspectives, ideas, and knowledge of young people throughout the relationship.
Are you ready to use this approach? These questions developed by the Freechild Project are an inventory of your readiness to develop partnerships with young people:
- Do I respect and value the opinions of others no matter how old they are?
- Do I seek to involve a diverse group of people in my programs and projects?
- What is my motivation for working with youth?
- Do I expect one person to represent the opinions of all youth?
- Am I willing to let go of some of my own control in order to share responsibility?
- Why do I want to work with youth?
How will you change your practice as you strive to develop a youth-adult partnership approach?
A good rule of thumb to think about
when interacting with youth is, "You can quote me, but you cannot speak for
me." If you want more tips on how to grow youth
adult partnerships in your club contact Carissa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Metro 4-H Volunteer of the Month
K'Lynn Brown is the May/June 4-H Metro Volunteer of the Month. K'Lynn is a freshman at University of Illinois-Springfield majoring in pre-nursing/Nursing with a minor in Women Gender Studies. K'lynn has been volunteering with 4-H on campus for 2 semesters. K'Lynn delved into volunteering for 4-H headfirst and has been such a pleasure to work with. She also has recruited 5+ students to become mentors for the UIS program! She has definitely been an excellent addition to our committee with her energetic spontaneous spirit and heart for giving back. We are proud to honor K'Lynn as our May/June Volunteer of the month! Here are a few fun facts about K'lynn:
*What is your Favorite Color? -My favorite color green and gray and other earth tones as well.
*What do you like to do in your free time?During my "free time" I volunteer, am involved with other programs, and sleep occasionally; I currently am not in the position to travel, but I enjoy traveling in and out of America whenever I can.
* What is a goal you would like to achieve? A goal of mine is to earn my Doctorate in Nurse Practitioning by the age of 25 and to travel abroad helping people medically in third world/developing countries
*Why do you choose to volunteer your time with 4-H? I've decided to commit to volunteering with 4-H because I am passionate about mentoring and giving back. As a young black woman from the Southside of Chicago, I have a good understanding about the importance of investing in the youth. I am new to Springfield, but it will be my home for the next several years and I would like to give back to my new community how ever I can.
* In your opinion what is the importance of being involved and volunteering? I can. I believe that the youth is the future and that it takes a village to raise a child. The only way our youth will succeed, is by knowing that there are people who support and believe in them. I believe everyone has a purpose and gift in this world, mine is to be apart of the village and give back.
*Anything else you would like to share?I am thankful for the opportunity to volunteer my time with 4-H and I look forward to the years that come with my involvement.
Metro 4-H YOUTH Spotlight
Hello, My name is Jaelyn Logan and I am
junior at Springfield High School. I have been in 4-H for one year. I am the
secretary for my 4-H club BOOM (Becoming our Own Motivation). Since enrolling in 4-H, I have learned
how to be more open-minded and to view everything from a more positive
perspective; I have learned how to prepare myself for college and my future
career; and, I have learned how to effectively use my voice. I enjoy
4-H because it has given me the opportunity to Lead, Grow and Serve in my
you enjoy meeting new people from all over your county and state, having fun,
participating in leadership activities, all while giving back to your
community, then this is definitely the organization for you!.~
Mark Your Calendar
See newsletter and website for registration and further details
(If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in advertised programs, please contact U of I Extension, 782-4617)
- March 1 DEADLINE to add/drop project to be eligible to exhibit
- May 1: DEADLINE complete QAEC for all those in animal projects
- May 1: DEADLINE Sangamon County 4-H Foundation and Menard County Federation Scholarships due
- May 5: DEADLINE registration for Public Speaking and Food Demonstrations Contest
· May 10: Sangamon-Menard 4-H Public Speaking Contest, Sangamon Extension Office 6:30 p.m.
· May 12: Sheep & Goat Weigh-in Illinois State Fairgrounds, 217-415-2924, 9 – 11:30 AM
· May 16: 4-H Arcery Sessions begin at Panther Creek
· May 19: 17th Annual 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
· May 19-20: Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer Certification
- May 25: DEADLINE Unit 16 4-H Horse Show Entries
· May 31: County Exhibition Shoot for .22 Rifle/.22 Pistol./Air Pistol 6 p.m. at Lefthanders Gun Club
- May 31: DEADLINE for Extension signature on Junior Horse Show entries (entries due June 1 to state fair)
- June 1: DEADLINE All General Projects and Sangamon County Livestock Show registration due
- June 1: DEADLINE for Sangamon County Swine Nomination forms
- June 1: Illinois 4-H Livestock Ambassador Applications due
· June 7: 4-H Shotgun Sessions begin at Lefthanders Gun Club
· June 9: Illinois 4-H Public Speaking Contest, Decatur (must qualify at county)
· June 18: Illinois 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest
· June 10 Unit 16 4-H Horse Show at Refuge Ranch in Rochester, IL (June 24 Rain date)
· June 14: 4-H Air Rifle Sessions begin at Abe Lincoln Gun Club
- June 15: DEADLINE Menard County 4-H Livestock entries due
- June 15: 4-H Food Stand Applications due
· June 29: DEADLINE for Extension signature on ISF Junior Show entry forms (entries due July1 to state fair)
· June 22-24: 4-H Boot Camp at University of Illinois Springfield
· June 23 Sangamon-Menard 4-H Clothing Show at Springfield Extension Office at 10 a.m.
· June 24-28 Illini Summer Academies
· June 26: Illinois 4-H State Poultry Judging Contest, Champaign, 9:30 a.m.
· July 7: Sangamon-Menard 4-H General Project Show in New Berlin
· July 7: 4-H Family Fun and Picnic beginning at noon at Sangamon County Fairgrounds
· July 7-8: 2018 4-H Show Weekend in New Berlin.
· July 12-13: ACES Family Academies
· July 17-21 Menard County 4-H Livestock Shows at Menard County Fair
· July 18: 4-H Archery Sessions begin at Panther Creek
· July 19: Sangamon-Menard 4-H Rabbit Show, Menard County Fairgrounds, morning
· July 19: County Exhibition Shoot for 4-H Shotgun 6 p.m. at Lefthanders Gun Club, Loami
· July 22 -28 Illinois State Fair Junior Horse Show, Springfield
· July 25: Superior Young Producer Scholarship Contest for Horses
· Aug 8: Superior Young Producer Scholarship for Beef, Sheep, Swine
· Aug 9: County Exhibition Shoot for 4-H Air Rifle 6 p.m. at Abe Lincoln Gun Club, Springfield. (tentative)
· Aug 13 Illinois 4-H Show at State Fair- county exhibit day
· Aug 14: Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame celebration
· Aug 15: County Exhibition Shoot for 4-H Archery 6:30 p.m. at Panther Creek Archery Club, Chatham.
· Aug 25: Illinois 4-H State Dog Show, Granny Rose Canine Enrichment Center in Dixon
- 2017-2018 4-H Member Records due to club leader by Sep 1st
· Sept 8: State 4-H Archery Shoot, Pekin NEW LOCATION
· Sept 15: State 4-H Shotgun Shoot, Bunker Hill Shooting Park
· Sept 29: State 4-H Rifle/Pistol Shoot, Central IL Precision Shooters, Bloomington